A Man

Kei Ishikawa, 2022 (121m)

A Man

Rie and Daisuke are two lonely kindred spirits who meet and fall in love. Years later, they are happily married and caring for their own child and Rie’s son from a previous marriage. Everything changes when Daisuke is killed in a tragic workplace accident. A heartbroken Rie works to wrap up Daisuke’s affairs, but a visit from her late husband’s estranged brother leads to a shocking revelation: her Daisuke wasn’t who he claimed to be. Rie asks a Yokohama lawyer named Akira to look into her late husband’s mysterious past. A Man takes what could have been a straightforward melodramatic setup and turns it into a meditative drama that thoughtfully explores deep-rooted societal prejudice. Handling tricky themes with real care, Kei Ishikawa’s film is a patiently-directed and masterfully-acted film that won eight prizes - including Best Film - at this year’s Japan Academy film awards.



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